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Dean, School of AI and Advanced Computing

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus)

SCHOOL: School of AI and Advanced Computing

POSITION TITLE: Dean of School

LOCATION: Taicang Campus

SALARY: Internationally competitive

ADVERTISEMENT CLOSING DATE: Open until filled; however, applications received by 31 January 2020 at 12 pm (GMT +8) will be given first consideration

JOB ID: 996009



Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is China’s leading Joint Venture university. Founded in 2006, it now has almost 15,000 students in China; and another 3,500 in Liverpool completing degrees. It plans to grow to about 27,000 students by 2025. The strengths of the university are in Science and Technology, as well as some professional subjects like Architecture and Business. There are currently 865 academic staff, about half of whom are not citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The language of instruction, committees, and administrative work at XJTLU is English.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China, including nearby Shanghai. SIP is a significant growth zone, including operations run by more than one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and the SIP has been on the receiving end of both private and public investments into innovation and R&D.

About the Taicang site

XJTLU is building a new teaching site in Taicang, with the collaboration of the Taicang Municipal Government and industry partners, as part of its strategic priorities for the next ten years. Taicang is a county-level city in Greater Suzhou. The Taicang site will be a pioneer of, and educational model for, the future campus in developing talents and leaders to meet local, national, and global challenges from the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The Taicang site programmes are adopting a new higher education model based on the concept of Syntegrative Education (SE). SE is a new model that has been developed by XJTLU to address future challenges from the 4th Industrial Revolution, and is a core part of the university’s strategy for the next ten year development that stresses innovation and entrepreneurship. SE aims at training syntegrative leaders with Management skills, International perspective, Discipline-specific knowledge, and adaptability in Industry (MIDI).

The XJTLU Taicang site is directed by a Leadership team comprised of the Taicang Principal, Taicang Associate Principal, Chief Operating Officer, School Deans and Director of the Learning Mall. The Taicang Leadership Team reports through its Principal to the Executive President, who heads the Senior Management Team of XJTLU. 

About the School

The School of AI and Advanced Computing is one of the 6 – 10 industry-themed Schools in the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus). Each School consists of an Education, Research and Development Institute (“ERDI”) for teaching and university-business research collaboration, a professional services centre supporting daily activities of students, staff, and business partners, and a School Affiliated Company jointly established by XJTLU and the School’s industry partner for practical on-the-job learning and teaching. 

The School of AI and Advanced Computing has been jointly developed by the Departments of Mathematics, and Computer Science and Software Engineering, as well as an industry partner – Sugon, to deliver industry-themed programme(s). The partnership between XJTLU and the industry partner is non-exclusive.  The first degree programme that the School has launched for the Academic Year 2019/2020 is BEng Data Science and Big Data Technology

The governance and management of the School is through a School Council, in accordance with the Charter of Taicang Site Schools and the Articles of Association of XJTLU. The School Council is chaired by the Taicang Principal, and other members include: the Associate Principal of Taicang, Chief Operating Officer of Taicang; a representative of the Industry Partner; the Dean of the School, the Chair of the School’s Steering Committee, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of the School Affiliated Company. The School Council reports to the Taicang Leadership Team. The Dean oversees the School Management Team.

About the Industry Partner

The current major partner in collaboration with XJTLU to co-develop the School of AI and Advanced Computing is SUGON.

Sugon is a leading enterprise in the field of high-performance computing, server, storage, cloud computing and big data in China. It is a national high-tech enterprise formed on the foundations of the significant scientific and technological achievements made under the National 863 Programme and with the strong support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. More information please see Any question regarding Sugon please contact Operation Director of Sugon University, Ms Xiao GUO:

Key Responsibilities of the Post

The Dean will be in charge of:

  • daily operation and administration in the School;
  • reporting to and implementing decisions made by the School Council;
  • preparing both the annual budget and report on financial accounts of the School for the School Council approval;
  • developing School infrastructure, regulations and rules for the School Council approval;
  • delivering excellent learning and teaching, research, and enterprise engagement activities in the School;
  • personal decisions including recruitment, discipline, retention, contract termination, etc. in the School;
  • coordination and communication between the School and the University; and,
  • any other work-related tasks assigned by the Charter of School, the School Council, or the (Associate) Principal.


  1. Candidates must be a Ph.D. holder in Artificial Intelligence/Data Science/Computer Science/Systems Engineering or related disciplines from a world renowned university, or be able to demonstrate an equivalent professional practice and engagement.
  2. Candidates must be willing/able to actively engage with new educational models such as Syntegrative Education (SE).
  3. Candidates shall become familiar with and observe Chinese and UK rules and regulations of higher education.
  4. Candidates shall have management experience with good people skills and have the ability or experience to form and develop a new academic unit.
  5. Candidates must have an international reputation and demonstrate impacts in one or more of the fields of Artificial Intelligence/Data Science/Big Data Technology.
  6. Candidates must demonstrate rich experience in strengthening teaching, research and professional engagement to support the Syntegrative Educational model, as well as senior academic management experience in a university, research institution or similar functions/areas.
  7. Candidates must have a high level of communicative competence in English; an equivalent knowledge of Chinese would be an advantage.
  8. Candidates with administration and management experience in international universities or Sino-foreign joint universities are preferred.
  9. Some experience of working in a relevant industry would be an advantage. 


Salary is by negotiation and will be internationally competitive. There is a generous benefit-package including subsidies towards the costs of housing, travel, and children’s education, as well as the provision of insurance. There is also an allowance for the costs of relocation. 


Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 65 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.


Please visit our website at to submit an online application. You will be asked to upload your CV and covering letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete an Applicant Information Form and Equal Opportunities Form.

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Associate Principal, Professor Stuart Perrin (Email:

Location: Taicang - China
Salary: Internationally competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th February 2020
Expires: 9th April 2020
Job Ref: 996009
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